A suspect has been captured for the shooting of a Hopkinsville police officer, according to the Hopkinsville Police Department.
He was arrested in the 2900 block of Highway 48/13 in Cunningham, Tennessee. Police have identified him as Keith Allen Kuzyk, 28.
The wounded officer is identified as Jeremy Davidson. He was shot twice, in the head and the arm. He was taken to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville.
The events that led to the shooting started with a robbery at Walmart just after 1 a.m. Monday morning. An officer spotted an SUV fitting the description of the suspect’s vehicle.
The driver fled the scene and officers engaged in a pursuit, deploying spike strips to stop the vehicle.
Shortly after that, gunshots were fired and the officer was wounded.
Hopkinsville Police Chief Clayton Sumner reported the officer is “recovering nicely” in a post on Facebook Monday evening.
When asked what the public could do, Sumner said one word: “Pray – if that’s your thing and you believe in that. We’ll take all you can give us. Other than that just understand the craziness going on. I do believe everybody is safe right now. I don’t believe there’s somebody out there running around wanting to harm someone. This is a case of a coward wanting to get away. Cowards do what cowards do. In this case, they shot an officer. “
The initial robbery was reported by a victim at Walmart. The victim told dispatchers she was robbed by a masked man with a gun in a dark Dodge vehicle. The robbers then took the woman’s SUV and hit her friend in the face.
Police later found the suspect’s original vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe. An assault rifle was found inside it.
Sheriff’s deputies from Christian County and Montgomery County joined the hunt for the second vehicle. They spotted the vehicle involved near Zinc Plant Rd. in Montgomery County.
The driver led police on a chase to Hwy 48/13. Spike strips finally forced him to stop.
The suspect was arrested at 9:08 a.m. Police said he was driving a Ford Explorer stolen from a Hopkinsville Waffle House around 8:30 a.m. Monday morning.
Kuzyk was charged with wanton endangerment of a police officer, as well as numerous robbery, gun, and theft charges.
Three additional people face charges related to the shooting.
September Neblett, 24, was charged with receiving stolen property and first-degree robbery. Autumn Neblett, 25, was charged with first-degree robbery, felony possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property. Anthony Johnson, 19, was charged with first-degree robbery, fleeing or evading police and receiving stolen property.
In May 2018, a Hopkinsville Police officer was shot and killed by a man pretending to be a law enforcement officer.